SLJ Reviewer Laura Simeon’s Diversity Course Takeaways

During the summer of 2016, SLJ and LJ reviewers were invited to take a self-directed course on diversity and cultural literacy in reviewing children’s books. SLJ reviewer and school librarian Laura Simeon shares her thoughts on her experience taking the course. What do you get when you virtually gather a group of librarians from a […]

Intro to Disability Terms in Kid Lit

“Much of our everyday language is casually ableist, and this translates to ableist language in novels, whether the novel features disabled characters or not. Sometimes, these words are intentionally included to make a point. Other times, the author uses them unthinkingly, perhaps not even aware that certain terms are ableist in the first place.” Over […]

SLJ Reviewer Chat Transcript April 27th: Gaffe vs. Fatal Flaw

On April 27th, SLJ reviews editors and reviewers discussed how to identify whether a book/review material has a small error that doesn’t make or break it or if there’s something in the title that would keep it from getting a “Recommended” review. Here’s the transcript of that conversation. sdiaz101 3:23 PM “see” you all in […]

The Deal with VERDICTs: SLJ Reviewer Chat Transcript, March 30, 2016

Below is the transcript to our last SLJ Reviewer Chat, which focused on fine-tuning review verdicts, and was held on March 30 via a new platform. To access a cleaner, and prettier version, feel free to log in to your Slack account and check out the SLJ Reviewer Chat channel. Plus, check out a recent […]